As a part of the #take12trips challenge in 2015, each month I will post my excursion of choice and also give you some hints as to my plans for the next month. Where did I find myself exploring in the month of May?
With my sister’s wedding on the horizon a ladies day/night was in order. A few of us dolled up and visited one of Minnesota’s vineyards. Yes, shocking, I know: Minnesota has vineyards. They might not be as grand as Napa Valley, California or Stellenbosch, South Africa, but it was a delight experience nonetheless.
Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery
Glasses of wine in hand, we hopped on the vineyard trolley for an entertaining tour and inspection of the various types of vines and how Millner Winery is able to produce wine in a state that is practically arctic for half the year.
I must admit to a lack of knowledge in the wine area and was therefore extremely grateful to our guide, Jon, for the abundance of interesting information. It could have partially been the wine, but he had the entire trolley full of people chuckling and giggling at several grape inspired metaphors. I do appreciate a good metaphor.
Now a tour would not be complete without a tasting, and Millner Heritage does not disappoint. We sampled 14 of their 16 wines and were able to keep track of our preferences with the handy wine list provided by the staff. The lovely cheese platter we ordered complimented the wines perfectly. It is quite possible that I left with a few purchases.
I enjoyed several their dry and semi-sweet wines, but my ultimate favorite is described as that “elusive wine between lighter whites and heavier reds.”
I highly recommend sampling What The Foch, as well as Róna, and Drága (which roughly translates as “precious” in Hungarian). However, if your tastes run away from dry wines there were many on the list that cater to the sweeter palate.
For more information and background check out the Millner Heritage website.